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10th November 2009 MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM RECEIVES CASH DONATION
The Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) based at Barnard Castle received a cheque for £500 on Saturday from Local Freemasons.
A group of local masons from six lodges at Stanhope, Wolsingham, Tow Law, Willington and Crook have spent the last 12 months raising money for this their chosen charity, involving a concert night at Wolsingham with entertainment provided by the local cabaret group ‘The New Yorkers’.
In addition to this they attended the two Agricultural shows at Wolsingham and Stanhope where they ran small competitions from their display tents to assist in raising this money as well as trying to explain to the public what Freemasonry was about, It surprised many to know that the Freemasons spent many hours helping charities and individuals and that they were one of the largest financial supporters of none Masonic charities in the country. This ranged from local groups such as the TWSMRT to larger national charities like the RNLI when earlier this year the Mark Masons of England nationally provided £1.6m to help buy a new Tamar Class Lifeboat in Pembrokeshire.
The money provided on Saturday has been earmarked to provide equipment and training for the youth section of the TWSMRT who are the potential future of the Rescue team. They need their own equipment and clothing to train, and by having this money donated it means they could do this without using the main teams equipment that is on standby for immediate use 24hrs a day. The secretary for the ‘Freemasonry in the Dale’ Mr Trevor Thompson said ‘We are delighted to have been able to provide this equipment for our local team of volunteers. They are often the unsung heroes who are willing to turn out in all weathers and at all times. We hope that in some small way being able to provide this equipment for the young members we are helping to ensure the future of this local resource’.
Notes For Editor Teesdale
& Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to the "Mountain
Rescue - England and Wales". We provide a Search and Rescue service throughout
County Durham and beyond primarily for the Police but also for the other emergency
services. All Team members are volunteers and we rely on monies raised by ourselves
as a registered charity to run the Team. Further details regarding our latest
callouts and Team information can be found on our website www.twsmrt.org.uk